Dig out your lace-up boots and corduroys, it’s Sham 69
It’s a music festival, but whatever the weather, you won’t need wellies for Undercover Festival because it does exactly what it says on the tin.
The indoor two-day celebration of alternative music including punk and ska comes to Dreamland in Margate this weekend for the second year. Last year the event, which prides itself on taking an independent and grassroots approach, moved from Brighton to the Kent coast and organisers are sticking with the venue. Packed with big names and local bands performing over two stages, it will be at Dreamland on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14. Festival organiser Mick Moriarty said: “When we said it was the home we were looking for since we started as a festival in 2013, we meant it.
“I thought we could not beat the line-up we had for 2017, but I think we may have, our message to everyone is come along and see what all the fuss is about.” It’s been 40 years since Sham 69 have played Margate. Sham 69: the Original Hersham Boys with Jimmy Pursey will be headlining on the Saturday. “I know it’s taken a long walk and we have taken a long time to listen to Mick Moriarty asking us to come to Undercover Festival at Margate. Well, alright, see you there in April! We are looking forward to it,” said Jimmy.
The Blockheads, Ian Dury’s outfit, will headline the main stage on the Friday and are expected to play a full set of at least 75 minutes.
The line-up for Friday includes The Blockheads, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Roddy Radiation (The Specials), the Skabilly Rebels, Sonic Boom Six, Sex Pistols Experience, Witchdoktors, King Punch and the Half Wits. The Saturday line-up includes Sham 69, Peter and the Test Tube Babies, Kirk Brandon Akoustic with Sam Sansbury (cello), Big Boy Tomato, East Town Pirates, The Warriors, The Fanzines and Stone Heroes.
The Wyrd Sisters will be back at Buskers’ Corner, where visitors can just turn up and have a go themselves, and there will also be DJS over both days. Festival-goers will also be able to experience the retro rides and amusements of the park.
Main picture, The Blockheads. From top, Eddie and the Hot Rods; Sittingbourne band, Skaciety; Specials guitarist Roddy Radiation playing with Toot’n’skamen; and Sonic Boom Six